The family of a Freehold, New Jersey, woman killed in a crash involving a semi wants a new law requiring methadone testing for interstate truckers explains a semi truck accident attorney at the F&A injury law firm in New York.
The 50-year-old woman was waiting in her Honda at a red light when a semi tractor-trailer rear-ended the passenger vehicle with such force that it ended up on the other side of the intersection. The fiery accident happened on March 31, 2014, on southbound Route 9 at Old Mill Road in Old Bridge, New Jersey.
Under the Influence of Drugs
After the crash, blood tests revealed that the 52-year-old trucker had both methadone and Xanax in his system. In 2015, a grand jury indicted the truck driver on multiple charges including vehicular homicide. He pleaded guilty to the vehicular homicide charge about one month later, according to nj.com.
Multi-million Dollar Settlement
The family of the victim filed a civil lawsuit against the trucking company that operated the semi tractor-trailer. The case was settled through mediation, and the trucking firm agreed to pay more than $5 million to the family.
When a person dies in a wreck, it is possible to seek compensation when it is reasonable to claim that negligent conduct of another individual was a factor in the fatality. Survivors often seek monetary damages for pain, suffering, loss of companionship and burial expenses.
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